14 Mar 2020

March 14, 2020


    Early Friday morning. Sunrise was at 07:29 hrs.

    First lift up Friday morning.

    Unsettled in the morning.

    Unsettled but periods of nice visibility depending on elevation.

    Snow was nice as well.

    Strong outflow winds in the am.

    Friday afternoon.

    Big picture on Friday.

    Nice snow in the afternoon.

    Overcast later in the day.

Weather Observations for March 14, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -21, Winds were 55-80 KPH ENE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters    -23, Winds were 55-85 KPH N--Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -21, Winds were 35-65 KPH N --Rendezvous 
1835 meters    -21, Winds were 30-60 KPH NNE--Round House
1650 meters    -19, 0 cm in 12 Hrs, 0 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 255 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters    -19, 0 cm in 12 Hrs, 0 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 178 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters    -10, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +4.0, 11.9 mm of precip yesterday.

Wind Chill Factor-with -23 and 75 KPH winds at Whistler Peak (2180 M), a cold -45 Deg C.

Wind Chill Factor-with -21 and 55 KPH winds at Rendezvous (1860 M), a cold -37 Deg C.

Hopefully the winds will abate later this morning.

    As of 07:00 Hrs we have some high scattered cloud and unlimited visibility. Blowing snow, spindrift.


Upper level ridging will bring cold sunny weather for today in a Southerly flow aloft with strong low level flow out of the North-Northeast. The freezing level will remain below surface as the cold arctic air pushes through our zone. Sunny skies until Wednesday, an upper level low in the Pacific will send cloud our way into Friday with a mix of sun and cloud. Bundle up today and keep bare skin covered up. Guesstimates: No precipitation for at least one week.

    GOES IR image from this am.

     Surface high with Arctic outbreak for today. Will be the coldest day.

     Temperatures warm up a bit for Sunday with sunny skies, as the low continues to move South.

     A bit warmer for Monday with sunny skies and inverted temperatures.


    Avalanche mitigation on Blackcomb yesterday, less than Sz 1 Na, Sc, Sa.

    Avalanche mitigation on Whistler yesterday produced some Sz 1 Xe. Two Sz 2 Xc. A Sz 1 Sa.


    Took a while to get Harmony on line. Strong winds kept Peak chair Closed.

    Strong winds out of the North- North East. Reverse loading.

    Wind pounded Lower Disease Ridge.

    Faller's Pillow was sweet.

    Sudan Couloir.

    Bottom of 5-0, snow stripped out of the bottom at the rock band.

   Avalanche Canada Foundation Fundraisers. Fun Ski day!

    Steeps got better as the day progressed.

     Omega Block < click for explanation.

     Sastrugi Hell--Brandywine Glacier 2200 Meters.                                                   Al Collis Image


Howling in the Heartstrings: March 13, 2020

Cayoosh Pass: March 13, 2020


Whistler weather with meteorologist: David Jones

Snow Biker sets off: Avalanche

Monster Cornices: Avalanche Guys


Slackcountry-How do you prepare: Powder Canada

Mammoth's backcountry is a pocket full of powder miracles: Los Angeles Times

Whitewater responds to COVID-19: Powder Canada

There are no plans to close Ski Resorts due to Coronavirus: Colorado

Swiss Ski Resorts to close as the European Ski Season Crumbles: The Telegraph

Carona hits ski centers with lodges, lift restrictions, and even closures: Massachusetts

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